It’s amazing to think that Louis Malle was just 24 when he made the classic film noir Elevator to the Gallows. The 92-minute feature, headlined by late actress Jeanne Moreau and featuring an iconic score from Miles Davis, hits Blu-ray and DVD February 6.
The feature centers on lovers (Moreau, Maurice Ronet) who plan to murder her husband. Their plan eventually goes south, and the walls gradually close in on their existence. Along with Davis’ score and Malle’s assured direction, the feature also features the rich, black and white visuals of cinematographer Henri Decaë.
Special features on both versions include a 2005 interview with Moreau, archival interviews with Malle and Ronet, and original session pianist René Urtege, Malle’s student movie Crazeology (which features the Charlie Parker song of the same name), trailers, and a booklet featuring an essay from critic Terrence Rafferty, an interview with Malle, and a tribute by producer Vincent Malle.
As far as holiday gift ideas go, grabbing a Blu-ray or DVD set of Olympic themed discs is a great choice. On December 5, Criterion will release 100 Years of Olympic Films which features 53 newly restored movies and 41 editions of the Olympic Summer and Winter Games. The iconic Olympics work of filmmakers Milos Forman, Claude Lelouch, Leni Riefenstahl and Kon Ichikawa are included in the set.
Documentaries in the set include spotlights on Jesse Owens’ world breaking run in 1936 Berlin, Ski racer Jean Claude-Killy winning three gold medals in 1968, and Joan Benoit winning the first ever women’s marathon in 1984.
Special features on the collection include a 216 page hardcover book featuring essays from film historian Peter Cowie, new scores for the silent films (composed by Maud Nelissen, Donald Sosin, and Frido ter Beek), and 4K restorations of Olympia, Tokyo Olympiad and Visions of Eight.
Check out Criterion’s evocative and beautifully edited trailer below for 100 Years of Olympic Films and feel free to leave a comment!!